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Meeting Meltdown: Why group brainstorming gets stymied and how you can help

12 Nov 2015, Posted by facn1st in Articles

Have any of you noticed that brainstorming has earned a pretty bad reputation? Studies suggest the anecdotal experiences clients have shared around bad brainstorming sessions are quite widespread – we’re just not seeing the kinds of creative output we hope for. According to the experts (Diehl and Stroebe, 1987) the most common problems facing brainstorming fall into three categories:

Great Meetings? It’s All In the Numbers

06 Oct 2015, Posted by facn1st in Articles

The 80/20 Rule – Do most people in your meetings contribute 20% of the time or less? That’s fine if it’s a presentation, not so much if it’s a meeting requiring group input and discussion. If you answered yes, ask yourself if everyone needs to be a part of the whole meeting, or if you even needed a meeting in the first place.

Let’s Start a Meeting Revolution

14 Sep 2015, Posted by facn1st in Articles

Friends and Colleagues, we invite you to take a peak at our newly created infographic that clearly depicts the enormous amount of time and money lost due to unproductive meetings.

Name that Resistance!

21 Aug 2015, Posted by facn1st in Articles

It’s true that facilitators set the tone of their meetings, and the process a facilitator provides can go a long way in preventing many forms of resistance.

Reflections on Workplace Conflict Month

14 May 2015, Posted by facn1st in Articles

We were thrilled that some of our clients took up the challenge and explored their workplace meeting culture in light of April’s designation as Workplace Conflict Awareness Month. We all know that unchecked workplace conflict can be a real drag on productivity and can lead to more serious consequences, so preventing and responding to conflict in the meeting room had always been a focus of our organization.

Get Graphic! Get Visual with Your Next Facilitation

10 Apr 2015, Posted by facn1st in Articles

Have you ever thought that the way you record and share information from your meetings could use a little inspiration? Every meeting leader has at some point thought, “did I capture that discussion in a helpful way? Will anyone ever look at, think about, or remember what came out of my last meeting?”

Objectivity in a Decision-Making Meeting: The Decision Matrix

11 Mar 2015, Posted by facn1st in Articles

All the talk about net neutrality last week got us thinking about neutrality – or the lack of it – in meeting rooms across the globe, particularly during heated or high stakes discussions. In decision-making meetings, facilitators can display neutrality by ensuring their body language and comments don’t favor some opinions or individuals over others.